Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers are a stiff challenge for strong Sunrisers
In the last three seasons, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) finished at 8th, 6th and 8th respectively in the Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers form the core of the Royal Challengers Bangalore line-up, but this time they are surrounded by more support strength. RCB were smart at the auctions and have built a good bowling core this time around. Their odds of beating Sunrisers Hyderabad stand at 2.05
Sunrisers Hyderabad come off another good season in 2019 but a title continues to elude them and the franchise, under David Warner this season, will hope to go the full distance this time around. They have a strong top-order and are particularly strong in the bowling department which gives them odds of 1.74 to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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Royal Challengers and Sunrisers Hyderabad have a 2-2 record in the IPL since 2018
Despite the overwhelming difference between the standings of the two teams in the last two IPL seasons, the head to head encounters haven’t been all one-way traffic. Royal Challengers Bangalore have managed to sneak in two wins amidst the two losses against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
RECOMMENDED BET: Head to head record gives Sunrisers Hyderabad the edge to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore at 1.74
The overall record between these teams remain in favour of Sunrisers Hyderabad with an 8-6 record. Six of Sunrisers’ eight wins have come at home in the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. As conditions become more neutral, this could be a challenge for the David Warner-led franchise.
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The RCB death bowlers
Royal Challengers Bangalore have faced their death bowling issues front on built up some excellent death bowlers this auction, purchasing Dale Steyn, Chris Morris and Isuru Udana. In addition to this, they have the ever-improving Navdeep Saini too to counter SRH’s big hitters. RCB, with a good mix of death bowlers with varying skills, have the bowling attack to counter SRH this time.
The most destructive opening pair in the competition, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow come off the back of a gruelling limited-overs series in England and will hit the ground running as they head into the IPL. Warner and Bairstow are both attacking batsmen with contrasting approaches and will be a tough challenge for RCB to break down.
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